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Using Custom Bobbleheads for an Anniversary Cake

Using Custom Bobbleheads for an Anniversary Cake

It is hard to believe that my parents will be celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this year.  Most of my friend’s parents haven’t stayed married, so I am pretty proud of them.  It hasn’t all been roses, but they persevered and we are going to celebrate their accomplishment.

We are going to try and make their anniversary a big deal and we have invited their friends and family to share in their special day.  There will be a lot of food to eat and a lot of visiting to do, so it should be a lot of fun.

The one moment that I will be waiting for will be when they will cut their cake.  We decided to get them a wedding cake, and instead of a wedding topper that you would get in the store, we ordered them custom bobbleheads to be used as the cake topper.

We ordered the bobbleheads from CustomBobble.com, a website that allows you to upload a photo to their site and they will create a bobble head from the picture.

It is really quite amazing.  The bobbleheads look like my parents.

I know that my mom will blush and my father will laugh, and I really think that they will appreciate that we went the extra mile for them. 

Their anniversary is going to be fun!

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May 28, 20150 comments
Choosing an Alarm System for our Home

Choosing an Alarm System for our Home

When we moved to this neighborhood in town five years ago, it was a safe place to raise a family.  But things have changed drastically since those days, and after a string of break-ins happened on our block, I decided that it was time to find an alarm system for our home.

But I didn’t know anything about them.

Instead of leaving everything to chance, I decided to do a little research before buying an alarm system.  I knew that there were so many choices out there, but I really just wanted to pick a home alarm system that met my needs – I didn’t need a lot of extra bells and whistles.

I spent my time reading home alarm system reviews from Alarm-Reviews.net to find out what was available on the market and find the perfect system for me.  I loved that the site provided details on all of the security providers including price, features and the pros and cons of each system.  Everything was right there at my fingertips, making it easy for me to compare home security systems.  The phone numbers for each company were also present, which made everything so easy.

If you are looking for an alarm system and don’t know which one to choose, head on over to Alarm-Reviews.net and make an informed buying decision.

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CreativeWorx TimeTracker Now Integrates Seamlessly with QuickBooks

CreativeWorx TimeTracker Now Integrates Seamlessly with QuickBooks

CreativeWorx was given a Special Achievement Recognition by Tony Chang, Product Manager, from Intuit Platform Services, at Startup Weekend in NYC.  Their achievement was based upon the completion of their production quality integration with Quickbooks Online in just 2 days.

CreativeWorx TimeTracker now integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks to generate accurate timesheets for easy review, adjustment and submission.  It solves the problem of late and inaccurate timesheets once and for all.

TimeTracker is used in more than 100 countries around the world to automatically capture time spent in tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple Productivity Tools, Microsoft Office, and many more.  There are no timers required and it works quietly in the background gathering all of the information related to how you are spending your time.

The timesheets generated by this software provide an easy way visualize your productivity data.  Paired with a robust set of tools including a full set of analytics and user-generated reports, TimeTracker provides an easy way to manage your time in an efficient manner.

Expected to be released in a few weeks, CreativeWorx is allowing people to signup for early access to the TimeTracker Add-on for QuickBooks.  To get early access to this essential time management tool, signup on their TimeTracker Add-on for Quickbooks page.

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Kansas City Web Design Firm Reinvents our Website

Kansas City Web Design Firm Reinvents our Website

When it comes to the design of your website, it is important to make a good first impression.  Your website is the first impression that your company will make on a potential client, and you want to make sure that it is a good one.  In our case, I had originally designed our company website on my own, but after asking my friends what they thought about it, I discovered one thing:

I was not a web designer.

The design that I did made it look like one of those horrible websites that we used to see in the nineties.

It was not going to give us the impression that we were hoping for.

So we looked outside of our organization for a solution to our little website problem.

We ended up working with ImpactSocialMedia.net, a Kansas City web design firm that specialized in transforming existing websites into masterpieces.  I loved that their staff was happy to answer all of my questions, and the sample websites that I looked at were fast, responsive and memorable.

I felt very comfortable leaving the responsibility of coming up with a new design for our site in their hands.

It didn’t take them long to deliver our order, and I have to say that they did a tremendous job with our site.  I think that our customers will really love our new site and it will serve as the perfect first impression of our company to the thousands of visitors that come to our site daily.

Working with Impact Social Media was a wonderful experience, and I know we will use them for any of our future web design projects.

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Focusing on Healthy Foods to Lose Weight

Focusing on Healthy Foods to Lose Weight

Have you ever had one of those moments where your view of the world around you changes forever?  I did this weekend while we were staying at a hotel.  I stepped out of the shower and looked at myself in the mirror.

It wasn’t pretty.

I know that I had been gaining weight  over the last few months, but honestly, I didn’t think I gained that much.  As it turns, out, I have actually put on about twenty pounds and I looked awful.

I needed to do something about that.

One of the easiest ways that I figured that I would be able to shed the pounds was going to be making healthy food the focus of my diet.  Now, I am using the word “diet” loosely – I am not planning some crazy eating schedule or anything like that.  The real step I am taking here is to eat less junk food and choose healthier alternatives – that is it.

I know that it will take some time to lose this extra weight that I have gained, but every step that I take to reduce my weight and develop healthy eating habits is a good one.  Hopefully I will be able to get back to my regular weight in a few months – I don’t ever want to be overweight again.

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Thinking of Modding my Neon

Thinking of Modding my Neon

For the past year, I have owned a 2001 Dodge Neon.  She might not be the prettiest car on the road, but for the $300 that I paid for her, she has been a very good car.  I know that I was leery when I bought it as I wasn’t sure how long it would last, but our Neon has turned out to be the best vehicle we have ever bought.

Since it has been so reliable, I have been thinking about modding my Neon.  It would give me the opportunity to really make the car my own.  I have always wanted to tinker with cars, but I have never had the time or the right vehicle.  Since this car is really our second vehicle, I will have the freedom to play with it without having to worry about screwing things up.

I suppose that I really have found the motivation to mod my car since finding out that it is indeed possible.  I have been inspired by the folks over at Wut it do, and their modding of their Neons.  I first came across their site when I stumbled upon their video of them testing the abilities of the Megasquirt 2 with their Silver Bullet Neon.

I thought to myself: modding a Neon would be really cool and I could do that.

And that is exactly what I am going to do.  I’ll share any modifications that I make to my Neon right here with you.

This should be fun!

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Getting Ready for the Tradeshow this Weekend

Getting Ready for the Tradeshow this Weekend

This year we have decided that we are taking our business on the road and hitting a number of tradeshows across the country.  We want to make a big impact at these events, so we decided that we were going to step up our display with a professional trade show display.

But the price of brand new trade show displays were outside of our budget.

It was important that we made a good return on whatever we invested into our display, so we decided to check out the used market to see if there were any options that would work for us.

As it turned out, we were able to pickup one of the used trade show displays that we found on InfinityExhibits.com.  It looked like it was brand new, and the price was certainly more attractive than the exact same display new.

We will be packing up our trailer tomorrow, and we should be ready to hit the road on Friday.  We have six tradeshows booked over the course of the next few weeks, and I am interested to see how they will go.  Hopefully, we will come back home with a stack of orders in hand – I am really hoping that tradeshows will end up being a very effective way for us to build our customer base and drive sales.

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May 27, 20150 comments
Building a Larger Customer Base Through Lead Generation

Building a Larger Customer Base Through Lead Generation

I hate to admit it, but I was never a very strong sales person.  I wasn’t one of those people that was a natural, but rather I had to work at it.  Over the years I had been able to build a pretty good business for myself, and while it did well, I knew that it could do better.

With the right training I could grow my business to the point where it could support our family.

Since I knew the one thing that was stopping me was the number of customers that I had, I decided to focus on learning how to get leads.  I was going to focus solely on getting leads that were ready to hit the buy button.

Instead of trying to figure it out on my own, I bought a course that taught anyone how to get a frenzy of red hot buyer leads.  These methods were not niche specific, so they would work whether you were selling physical products or providing a service.

These skills would work for any business.

As I learn the exact methods to building a larger customer base, I have been applying them to my business.  While I am not very far into the course, I have already seen an improvement in our sales figures and the number of leads we have been generating.

If you own a business and are looking to increase your customer base, you can do so by enrolling in the same course I took on how to create a frenzy of red hot buyer leads.

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Upgraded to Online HR and Staff Leave Planner software

Upgraded to Online HR and Staff Leave Planner software

For years we have done all of our human resources management from our home office.  This has required us to have an HR department that spends a lot of their day doing data entry for all of the time off requests, sick employees, and inputting new employee information.  While this would have been adequate for a company in the nineties, times have changed and we have decided to modernize our HR department and start using modern human resources software.

It took us some time to go through our options and pick a solution that would work for our needs and our business. We decided to use OnlineStaffLeavePlanner.com, an HR software package that promised to streamline our ability to run our business efficiently.  It made it easy to manage our employee information, calculating leave balances, and maintaining all of our HR documents safely and securely online.

We were able to define all our leave types and policies easily. Staff could login online to their dashboard and see leave balances and put in leave requests online. Leave approvals could be done in a jiffy by looking at how we were staffed at that time. Team calendars made it easy for us to view all team member availability at one go.

To add icing to the cake, there is also a mobile version of the software which makes it easy to update and consult our HR records online wherever we go.

It makes working in the HR department a lot easier than it used to be.

If you are looking to make your human resources department more efficient by managing all of your employee information and documents in a safe place online, then Online Staff Leave Planner is the solution you have been looking for.  To learn more, visit http://www.onlinestaffleaveplanner.com/

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Essential Webmaster Resource

Essential Webmaster Resource

While I might have a lot of experience running businesses, when it comes to running a website, I am a bit of a novice.  I just dove into running our website here eight months ago, and it has been quite the learning curve.  There have definitely been some ups and downs, but I am slowly getting my head around it.

I have come a long way from the guy who didn’t even know what web hosting was a year ago.  But I can’t take all of the credit myself.  You see, I had a bit of help along the way.

One of the resources that I have used to help me become the webmaster that I am today is Dev-Alert.com.  It is a website that showcases the most useful tips for webmasters and is updated on a daily basis.  Every time that I stop to read the blog, I find something new and useful that I can apply to my role as the webmaster of our business.

I discovered Dev Alert by accident while trying to figure out how to install WHM on my dedicated server.  I appreciated their instructions that were simple to follow and gave me the guidance I needed to make installing WHM on my new machine easy.

If you are a webmaster, Dev Alert is a resource that will make your job running websites and hosting accounts a lot easier.  Find the best tips over at http://dev-alert.com/

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